I write a lot.
Thousands of words per week, I am sure.
Most of it has a pretty small audience.
Most of it is not anything that I share with anybody or that has any "wheels."
Currently I am writing the following items:
- Research Questionnaire (PhD program)
- Discussion Guide (PhD program)
- Strategic Plan (for Pioneers – group project with leaders in Pioneers-USA)
- Book reviews on multiple books (PhD program)
- This blog
- 3-4 books in the idea stage
- 1 blog post for another blog
- An article for an academic journal
- Hundreds of emails per year (3,203 at work alone, not including the ones on my personal address)
That list just came off the top of my head – imagine what it would be if I really thought about it! That adds up to thousands and thousands of words.
In light of all this, I struggle with the writing projects I really want to do. They never get done. Things like good blog posts that bring meaning and something useful to people. A book project. Soon, my dissertation.
Think about, for example, Rodney Stark or Mark Noll both of whom write more books than I have time to read. Lately, I have been amazed by Ed Stetzer, who seems to write a book a week (ok, not really, but you get that impression if you follow him on twitter).
So here is my question: How can some authors pump out so much "stuff" all the time? Is it simply a matter of managing time and priorities? Or do they not have "real jobs" with meetings and budgets and other time demanding tasks?